The Determined Heart: The Tale Of Mary Shelley And Her Frankenstein by Antoinette MayThe Determined Heart: The Tale Of Mary Shelley And Her Frankenstein by Antoinette May

The Determined Heart: The Tale Of Mary Shelley And Her Frankenstein

byAntoinette May

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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The Determined Heart reveals the life of Mary Shelley in a story of love and obsession, betrayal and redemption.

The daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley had an unconventional childhood populated with the most talented and eccentric personalities of the time. After losing her mother at an early age, she finds herself in constant conflict with a resentful stepmother and a jealous stepsister. When she meets the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she falls deeply in love, and they elope with disastrous consequences. Soon she finds herself destitute and embroiled in a torturous love triangle as Percy takes Mary’s stepsister as a lover. Over the next several years, Mary struggles to write while she and Percy face ostracism, constant debt, and the heartbreaking deaths of three children. Ultimately, she achieves great acclaim for Frankenstein, but at what cost?

Antoinette May is the author of Pilate’s Wife and The Sacred Well and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Adventures of a Psychic. An award-winning travel writer specializing in Mexico, May divides her time between Palo Alto and the Sierra foothills.
Title:The Determined Heart: The Tale Of Mary Shelley And Her FrankensteinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:410 pages, 8.2 × 5.3 × 1.4 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1503945189

ISBN - 13:9781503945180

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling biographical fiction Antoinette May has re-envisioned Mary's life in a most comprehensive and compelling way. She brings to life the famous poets who were integral to Mary's life, namely Percy Bysshe Shelly and Lord Byron. In doing so, she shows us the darker side of these famous men, their human failings as well as their genius talents. The writing of Frankenstein is not foremost in the novel. Rather, the reader discovers the elements of Mary's life that gave rise to novel and the monster's creation. What I enjoyed about this novel is that the characters were presented without prejudice, leaving the reader to decide whether they liked them or not, including Mary. Secret affairs, obsession, friendship, and debauchery line this novels pages, demonstrating their effects upon the main characters. Congratulations to the author for writing such an indepth biographical fiction novel about this fascinating woman's life. Truly unforgettable!
Date published: 2015-11-06